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8 SHTF Hand Tools You May Not Have Thought of


If you have been homesteading or prepping for any length of time, you probably have, or have thought about, what you would need if you were off-grid, or if you were in a grid-down scenario. We all probably have the basics: Hammer, saw, screwdrivers etc., but what would you really need to operate your home or homestead?

We are so very fortunate to have our modern power tools, but if that were not the case, we’d need to think like great-grandpa did. The following is a list of tools that you may really be thankful for someday. You may even find yourself using some of them when the power is on!

Brace (Hand Drill)

You are going to need to drill stuff, build stuff, and screw things in. Maybe big things. You will need to do repairs and reinforcements on your home, and boy would that be a pain in the patootie with nothing but a set of regular screwdrivers! We have one of these on the Funny Little Farm and it gets used even now when we don’t want to pull out the Makita to drill one hole or, ahem, we forgot to charge it.

Stanley – 5044 Bit Brace 250 Mm 10In


You are going to need to get those precious seeds into the ground! If you are fortunate enough to have an animal to pull a plow, you won’t even give this tool a second glance, but tilling the earth by hand is hard work. A cultivator will not make it a piece of cake, but it will help loosen up clay or rocky soil. One of these is also handy to have if you have a small to medium size garden plot already and just want to aerate it in the spring before planting.

TrimmerPlus GC720 Garden Cultivator with Four Premium Tines

Cross Cut Saw

Here’s the deal…Trees are big. Winter is cold. Fire is warm. When there is no fuel for your chainsaw, you will either need one of these or a trained pet beaver.

Lynx 5′ Two Man Crosscut Saw


If you are building something in a long-term grid down situation, it’s likely you won’t be able to run to the lumberyard and get nice, perfectly shaped planks for your project. It’s more likely you are going to be trying to fit together pieces of fallen wood or wood you have cut yourself. Get those pieces to interlock perfectly or fit snugly together with woodworking chisels. To this end, consider a Hand Plane and set of files as well.

Irwin M444SB6N Blue Chip Bevel Edge Woodworking Chisel Set, 6-Piece (Box set)

Block and Tackle

These things are great! You’re going to need to move things. Potentially very heavy things. And nobody wants to risk a back injury when they need to be out plowing a field the next day if the family is going to eat this Summer. You can find these handy lifters in varying weight capacities and specific various tasks. There are ones for lifting tons, and ones for lifting game. You can get a pretty nautical one and even use it as a decoration! Pair it with a winch and you are golden.

Super-Handy Heavy-Duty 4,000 LB Capacity Rope Hoist

Ratcheting tie downs

Rope is great for many tasks, but you can’t beat ratcheting tie downs for holding power. If you haven’t used these before, your world will change when you do. There is a wide strap with a hook on each end, and there is a ratchet in the middle that you use to tighten the strap. You can use these to keep things in place when you are hauling on a trailer, you can use them to keep your greenhouse or other yard stuff from blowing away in a windstorm, you can even use them as a come-along when moving very heavy objects on skids.

Erickson 34416 Pro Series Black 2″ x 10′ Retractable Ratcheting Tie-Down Strap


This tool is used when you are trying to use an area of your property where the earth has a lot of roots and/or rocks in it. You can show those roots who’s boss with this thing and get your dirt ready for planting or building upon.

Truper 31638 5-Pound Cutter Mattock with Fiberglass Handle


So many uses…. Carrying water from the source to your filtering system, carrying rocks or wood, moving anything not quite heavy enough for a winch. Now, you can get steel sided ones or ones with larger capacity than the one I’m recommending here, but let me tell you why this one works for our family.

  • Solid tires. In a SHTF situation we don’t want to worry about flats.
  • This folds up and fits in our van. If we were in a situation where we had to walk home, I could just plunk the kiddos and bug out bag I keep in the car in there and watch me roll.
  • You can fit a lot of stuff in here. It is not only useful on the farm, but could be a lifesaver when you are trying to get out of Dodge.

EasyGoWagon Folding/Collapsible Utility Wagon Black

I hope this list helps you on your preparedness journey. If you have ideas for other items, let the readers know by leaving a comment!


Charley Davis

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Cover the Basics: 8 Prepper Tools to Get You Through a Disaster

This article by Tess at Ready Nutrition really does a great job of covering the basics of what you would need in a small scale disaster scenario. We all need to eat, drink, and poop, and she’s got ya covered!



Many of us made the stark realization of just how dependent we are on our modern conveniences quickly following a disaster. It seems that only when the lights go out and the stove won’t turn on, or the air conditioner doesn’t cool down the house do we even think about being more prepared for these setbacks. The above mentioned was my personal realization eight years ago when my family and I went through the aftermath of Hurricane Ike. I had three small children under the age of 5 and had to deal with the municipal water being questionable, not having a way to prepare food, having to use flashlights as a way of getting through the night. I’ll be honest, we couldn’t even maintain our basic needs continuously for two weeks. This was my husband’s and my “ah ha” moment. After that event we made the decision to never go through a disaster under prepared again and quickly began prepping for disasters and found ourselves on a life-changing path.

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Berkey BK4X2-BB Big Berkey Stainless Steel Water Filtration System with 2 Black Filter Elements

Lodge L410 Pre-Seasoned Sportsman’s Charcoal Grill

Tote-able Toilet Seat and Lid

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A Review of APack MREs


So, today I just happened to have a little extra time with Bearded Husband. It was a lovely sunny day, around lunchtime, so we decided to sit down to a nice romantic MRE. Really, best husband ever.

This is review is for the APack Creamy Chicken Tetrazzini meal. I have to admit I wasn’t going into this with the highest of expectations, but Bearded Husband was going along with my prepper shenanigans so I decided to roll with it. We opened the package and examined the contents.


  • 1 Creamy Chicken Tetrazzini entree with warmer
  • 1 Spoon for shoveling said entree into gullet
  • 1 Package of crackers
  • 1 Package of peanut butter, presumably to decorate crackers
  • 1 Oatmeal cookie
  • 1 Package of raisins
  • 1 Pack of M&Ms
  • 1 Drink mix (Lemon)
  • Pepper (no salt), and wet wipe

We followed the instructions for heating up the meal pouch. You take the pouch and put it in the green heating bag, and add the little packet of salt water. Then you put it back in the little cardboard box and wait 12 minutes. You can hear it bubbling!

While we waited for it to heat, we tried the other stuff.


The crackers tasted like saltines without the salt. The peanut butter tasted like any other creamy peanut butter out there.


The cookie was dry but actually quite good.

The drink mix tasted an awful lot like Gatorade mix.

The raisins…. oh boy. Not good. There was something definitely wrong there. They had an off flavor, Bearded Husband thought it might be the glycerol preservative. I thought it was a plastic flavor.


Then it was time for the big reveal!


The Chicken Tetrazzini was totally NOT GROSS! It was actually quite tasty. There were bits of chicken, of course. And bits of vegetable (red and green bell pepper). There was a bit of spice to it, and the sauce was surprisingly creamy.

All in all, if the SHTF I would really consider myself fortunate if I had a few of these socked away. It was fast, easy, and filling. I think I’ll get some for camping too! And maybe some for the auto emergency kit…and a few for the bug out bag…


Charley Davis

A disclosure about affiliate links: Affiliate links allow me to make a small commission from sales related to posts. This is what keeps Funny Little Farm up and running, so if you would like to support the farm and you see something you need, this is a great place to get it!


Columbia River Knife And Tool’s Eat N Tool 9100Kc Black Oxide Multi Tool

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5 Ways to Make Survival Candles from Household Items 

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How not to get overwhelmed when you start prepping


When we start prepping, it usually happens because our eyes have been opened by something we’ve seen or experienced. Maybe you’ve just been through an earthquake or a tornado. You look around, and have a terrible revelation: If something happened, you might not make it. What if there were a run on the stores and you had no food or water for you and your family? What if roads were washed out and you couldn’t even get to to the store?

You vow to make an emergency preparedness kit. You begin by researching. Then, the veil is further lifted as you pour through article after article about all of the terrible things that could possibly happen. Panic sets in. Get more food stored! Get medical supplies! What about water? HOW IN THE WORLD AM I GOING TO TACKLE ALL OF THIS!!!!

Take a breath.

Congratulate yourself on taking the first step toward preparedness for an uncertain future. Just knowing that you need to start is a HUGE step. But the lifting of ignorance can be powerful and overwhelming.

There is no way you can be prepared for everything, and be prepared by tomorrow. This is a journey. And every journey needs a map, or you will get hopelessly lost (just ask how I know).

The map below is by no means complete, but it is a great starting place. It starts with the most likely events, and trickles down to those less likely, but possibly more catastrophic events. The levels also build upon one another such that the skills and gear you acquire at earlier levels apply to later levels as well. This makes it possible for you to prepare for the most likely scenarios, while also making further levels more achievable. Sweet.

I’ll present one example here (more below):

Say you are preparing for level 1: job loss

You decide to store 3 month’s worth of staple food items in case you can’t afford to shop for groceries like you normally do.

Later, when you are preparing for say, level 2: Earthquake, you realize, “Hey! I already have 3 months of food stored away! Huzzah!”. Maybe you’ll put away another 3 month’s worth of food.

Then, when you are later preparing for Level 3: Economic collapse, you have 6 month’s worth of food already! Yay you!

So, without further ado, here is the map:


Prepping Map

As you can see, each level has some sub categories. Feel free to add subcategories as you see fit for your geographic location and life circumstances. My suggestion is to pick one of the Level 1 subcategories and go for it! You will find that preparation for your chosen subcategory will most likely help along your preps for the next subcategory, and for all the levels that follow.

Here are a few examples:

In Level 1, you prepare for robbery or attack by learning Karate. That would certainly help on levels 2 and 3 if food ran out and otherwise pleasant folks were trying to steal from your larder.

In level 1, you build yourself a nice first aid kit. This will come in handy if a Level 2 or 3 disaster occurs, and a trip to the emergency room is out of the question.

Or, in Level 2, you prepare for power outage by learning to use a few electricity-free tools such as a manual drill or a dutch oven. That would prepare you for Level 3, EMP/CME.

We usually feel pretty scared and overwhelmed at this stage. Try to keep in the back of your mind that our preps should help us feel more secure, not less. Every little step counts!


Charley Davis

A disclosure about affiliate links: Affiliate links allow me to make a small commission from sales related to posts. This is what keeps Funny Little Farm up and running, so if you would like to support the farm and you see something you need, this is a great place to get it!

Food Storage from The Ready Store

Ever Ready First Aid Fully Stocked First Responder Kit, Orange

Mountain House Classic Bucket

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